Beginning Responsibility: Taking Care of Things
Describes how to care for one's toys, clothing and other property. Explains the importance of having a definite place to keep things, putting articles back where they belong, and proper storing and handling of articles to prevent damage.
Ken Smith sez: Young Andy learns that "cleaning up after yourself is a grown-up way to behave." The narrator helps us become motivated by reminding us that as long as we're messy, we'll be shunned (loners were always given a wide berth in the fifties). The best moment occurs when Andy comes home from school to his messy room:
Narrator: "And here are Andy's tadpoles." CU of bowl. "Aw. They're dead."
Subject: Early Coronet
I was gagging over that putrid fish bowl with the dead tadpoles and just wanted to see that smelly mess go into the toilet. The shots of that thing were prolonged...I presume a psychological method to drive home the point that slovenliness is really quite distasteful.
I was never really convinced that Andy actually straigtenend out that colosssal mess in his room. I somehow think Mother did most of it.
Subject: Fit In Or Else
Subject: And, yet ANOTHER obsessive-compulsive is created.
Subject: A bit more supervision
Subject: Andy's Secret Present
And when the tadpoles died--BWAH!
Subject: And workin' overtime -- work out!
Also, maybe you shouldn't give a camera to a five year old.
Bonus points for senseless narration: reintroducing characters we've already met.
Subject: Taking Care of Things
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: **. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****. Also available on Campy Classroom Classics, Vol. 4.
Subject: DEAD TADPOLE ALERT!